BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – While the CSU Bakersfield swimming team’s season has come to a conclusion, the Roadrunner diving season has at least one meet remaining. This week, senior Carlee Burks will represent CSUB at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz., Mar. 6-8.
“I am very excited to see Carlee compete at her third and final NCAA Zone Championship meet,” said Ben Herboth, CSUB’s diving coach. “The field will again be extremely challenging, including a 2016 Olympian, but Carlee has improved her standings every year at this meet, so, we are hoping to use that experience to finish the job this year and qualify for NCAAs.”
Burks, a native of Bakersfield, is the CSUB all-time record holder on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards and has consistently been the top ‘Runner diver for the past few years. After a strong Western Athletic Conference Championships last weekend, Burks came away with a silver and bronze medal and hopes to add to her resume at the Zones meet this week.
A graduate of Centennial High School, Burks has been to the Zone E meet twice in her career before. Her junior year was the most successful at Zones thus far in her career. Burks placed 26th overall in one event among nearly 50 of the zone’s top divers, but she will be looking to improve on that result in Flagstaff this week.
The women will open with the 3-meter preliminary round Monday morning at 10 a.m. (PT) while finals will begin at approximately 1:35 p.m. The women will follow the same schedule over the next two days with 1-meter competition on Tuesday. Burks and the rest of the field will wrap up the meet Wednesday with the platform.
Live stats for the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships can be found through DiveMeets.com at this link.